Monday, June 3, 2019

Spring Into Summer

Welcome to the "Spring Into Summer" blog hop 

hosted by Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home.

If you are hopping in order then you were just visiting Katie, Let's Add Sprinkles, who has the cutest style.

I wish I could say that our "garden room" has a beautiful blue sky right now (this pic was taken in early May), but late May and now June have brought us a dull white sky.

Blue skies or gray, Lulu is happy to be in the garden

and we welcome all visitors.

The Adirondack chair had been on the front porch for years, but no one ever sat in it.

It's now in a perfect spot to sit and read.

Until it's time to use the outdoor fire pit, the corner behind Steve's studio is usually ignored, but the old ladder and green chair (found on a street corner) are now bursting with color from pots and a basket of blooms.

 My sister recently gifted me a beautiful tablecloth that belonged to my mother.

The tablecloth is just the right size for the garden table and soon the weather will allow for al fresco meals.

I moved one of the chaises so I could relax outdoors and enjoy this view of the garden.

The flowers in the old wheelbarrow, another street side find, are blooming and each day I check for new flowers.

The chaise, with the wheelbarrow behind it, is one of my favorite views from the living room windows.

My garden house is another view I love.

I brought the shopping cart outside for summer and added Gerbera daisies.

The second chaise is in front of the living room and easily moved to follow the sun,

but as you see, the sky is white and has been for way too long.

If you are new to Art and Sand, you might not know that my husband is an artist and our home is his gallery.

He actually began his art career painting on surfboards - the only board that remains is this one hanging on the ivy covered wall.

I made a few changes from my last post, Hooray for the Red, White and Blue.

I added buoys and a bucket to the old window and brought Mr. Goose outside.

We leave on vacation Wednesday and will be away for 11 days.

I will miss all the different views of our garden,

but Lulu's sitter has promised to water while I am gone

and maybe, just maybe, the sky will be blue by the time we return.

Now it's time to send you off to visit my friend Judith at Botanic Bleu.

I hope you take the time to visit all the blogs on the hop because this group of bloggers always provide oodles of inspiration.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue

It's time once again for the monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy of Country Road 407.

I almost didn't do this month's challenge, but I really like the group of bloggers who participate each month and I definitely need to push myself to blog more often.

If you are clicking through the order of the group, then you were just visiting Benita of Chasing Quaintness whose take on the inspiration photo is lovely.

This month's inspiration photo from Mary of Home Is Where The Boat Is really spoke to me 

because I am a lover of red, white and blue.

Before the styling of the garden bench, a trip to the nursery was in order.

Next I went to the attic in search of the bunting I bought at TJ Maxx last fall.

The pillow on the right (which is normally on a chair in the living room) was made by Emily of Penny and Ivy who uses old fabrics for her creations.

At this time of year I love tucking flags all over the garden.

The pitchfork was my grandpa's and it's a fun way to add height next to the garden bench.

I have had the little wooden soldier for decades and love bringing him out as summer begins.

Dragging all the patriotic decor downstairs is a bit like bringing the Christmas stuff down from the attic, 

but all the red, white and blue will stay out through Labor Day.

So that's my take on the photo from Mary of Home Is Where The Boat Is and now it's time to send you off to visit Carol of Bluesky at Home.

and I do hope you take the time to visit all the blogs for patriotic inspiration.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

It's Finally Happening

In June of 1970, I graduated from college and headed off to the mountains to be an assistant camp director for the summer before heading to Europe on a backpacking adventure.

Steve and I had been dating for a few months and he convinced me to cash in my ticket to Europe promising that we would go together.

Costa Rica 1995

We have done a lot of traveling in our 48 years of marriage and we have both been to Europe, but never together as Steve promised. 

In less than 2 weeks, that will change.

Since the moment the tickets were ordered

I have made our destination pretty obvious around the house - didn't realize I had so many books about France and Paris.

The tote bag full craft supplies was a gift from my sister

so I can journal each night 

in the apartment we have rented in the 6th arrondissement.

I haven't been to Paris since 1999 on an 8 country adventure with my sister and our daughters so I look forward to creating a new journal of my adventures with Steve, our son and his wife.

The timing was perfect when I was contacted last week by Mapiful asking if I was interested in collaborating - it was fun to design a map to be part of my journal. 

I originally used the super easy Mapiful website to design a map of Paris where we will spend the majority of our time.

We will fly to Pau in the south of France to visit friends - thus the second red dot on the map.


They plan to take us to Spain for lunch one day 


which is why I settled on a map of France that includes the coast of Northern Spain.

We are both counting down the days until we arrive at this 17 century building that we will call home for 10 days.

In the meantime I have lots of Paris inspiration - but I welcome all ideas from you.